Gold-Leafed Glass Votive

I love that these gold-leafed votives look like a million bucks but are so simple to create. The pen adhesive helps reduce the mess and makes it easy to create your own designs. These votives make festive table decorations or party favors, and of course the technique can be applied to any glass surface. Once you get started leafing, you won’t want to stop!

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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    Gather your materials. I made a set of small votives, but this technique will work any glass container. (Just stay away from drinking glasses, as gold leaf is not food safe.)
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    Shake the pen well to get the adhesive flowing. Then press the nib down lightly on a piece of scrap paper until the adhesive seeps into the nib and starts to flow out of the pen.
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    Use the adhesive pen to draw a design directly on the glass. Polka dots are a fun, simple option, especially for a small piece like this one. Allow the adhesive to dry for 5-10 minutes before applying the gold leaf sheet.
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    Once the adhesive looks clear, press the gold side of the sheet onto the side of the votive. Smooth it down to make sure the leaf is sticking well to the adhesive. Gently pull the sheet back. The gold leaf will remain stuck on wherever you applied adhesive.
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    You’ll have some rough edges at this point. Brush over the gold leaf with a paint brush to remove the excess. Then just add a candle for a beautiful table decoration.
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    These little votives make cute bud vases as well. Have fun creating with gold leaf!

Instructions Summary

  1. Shake the pen well before use and press the nib down lightly until the adhesive starts to flow.
  2. Use the adhesive pen to draw a design directly on the glass votive.
  3. Allow the adhesive to dry 5-10 miutes before applying the gold leaf sheet.
  4. Once the adhesive looks clear, press the gold side of the sheet onto the adhesive.
  5. Press the gold leaf sheet in place and gently pull apart.
  6. Use a paint brush to remove any excess gold leafing.